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Industry Millennials Driving Sustainability

Fiona Pelham – founder of Iceberg partner Positive Impact – says younger industry professionals are spearheading sustainability and making it part of normal practice. Positive Impact is currently promoting events sustainability in tandem with the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The sector can get involved by sharing best practice with the hashtag #Shareapositiveimpact. From…

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Associations: The Importance of Education

Kai Troll – Chairman of Best Buddies EMEA and Head of Development at the International Sport and Cultural Association – has been discussing both the reasons associations are of value to their members and the future of the model. Education is right at the heart of the sector, but not always effectively delivered. From Boardroom…

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PCMA Launches Industry Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

With Texas also asking Austin to accept 7,000 Harvey evacuees – 2,500 to be housed at the Austin Convention Center – Iceberg partner PCMA (the Professional Convention Management Association) and the PCMA Education Foundation have launched a relief fund to help members in the meetings industry impacted by the storm. Photo: Texas National Guard. From PCMA…

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Ten Things Top Performing Companies Do Differently

In today’s highly competitive economy, it is not surprising that businesses are seeking trusted new ways to differentiate themselves and sustain success. As major thought leaders and consultancies point repeatedly to human capital as the prime modern differentiator (even outstripping financial capital), it raises the question: what are truly successful companies now doing differently regarding…

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On the Horizon – Healthcare Congress Trends to Watch

For the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, compliance and regulation are a way of life. In this already complex environment, the ever-changing regulatory landscape has increased the pressure over recent years. These dynamics are having a profound effect on healthcare congresses, which represent the largest segment of educational meetings. The future of these events depends on…

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New Research Reveals how Leading Companies use Incentives

The Incentive Research Foundation has released a checklist of best practice for companies in rewarding employees. The foundation reviewed 900 organisations in its new Incentive Benchmarking Survey to reveal what the most successful do regarding non-cash bonuses and recognition. The results confirm the value of incentives as tools for recruitment, retention and engagement. From…

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Healthcare Provider Education a Challenge for Medical Congresses

Organisers of medical meetings are finding it difficult to deliver education to healthcare providers, according to a survey. More than 124 healthcare planners, congress organisers and meeting suppliers were surveyed, with twelve in-depth interviews conducted. The top trends identified included the intense time pressures imposed on HCPs by patients and practice management. From Association Meetings International…

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AIPC Research Creates a Roadmap for Industry Advocacy

A roadmap for industry advocacy has emerged from a piece of research conducted by AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres. The AIPC Local Resident’s Survey targets three cities where the impact of visitor traffic is considered an issue: Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam. An advisory from Rod Cameron, Executive Director, AIPC and the Joint Meetings Industry Council…

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Meetings are Serious… Just Don’t Forget the Joy

As we switch from “business tourism” to “economic development” and “knowledge transfer” – and as we quantify the return on investment our events create – let us not forget the human values also at the heart of this industry. Let us not squeeze the joy out of meetings. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Feedback from a Speaker

We all know what professional conference organisers want from speakers they engage in constructing content for meetings and events. But what do the speakers want in return from organisers? Consultant and Strategic Meetings Management guru Kevin Iwamoto offers a list of eight peeves and pointers from the speaker point of view. From Meetings & Conventions…

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